Commerce and Trade

22-24 July 1700   Cargoe of the Sarah Galley, arrived from China, the 20th of July, 1700.
   Damasks 30. Ditto with Gold Flowers 10. Gelongs white and strip’d 430. Pelongs Nankeen 7. Quilts Ditto, with Gold Flowers 8. Sattins Ditto 284. Ditto with Gold Flowers 53. Velvets 118. Paintings on Pelongs 115 pieces. Ditto on Gause 12200 Feet. Pictures on Paper 2413. Fans 65980. Fire-Fans 424 pieces. Screens 2 Pair. Scriptores 22. Large Tables 81. Tea Tables 2848. Lacker’d Chests 266. Lacker’d Wares of divers sorts 6517 pieces. 106 Borax. 797 Cambogrim. 45798 Copper. 358 Cloves. 250 Green Ginger. 112070 Pepper. 4353 Quicksilver. 16005 Raw Silk. 1322 Sago. 30063 Singlo Tea. 1163 pound weight of Bohee Tea. China Ware 146748 Pieces. Jambee Canes 41394. Gold 129 Ounces. Musk in Cod 228. [The London Post]

5-7 August 1700   At the Exchange Coffee House, over against the Royal Exchange in Cornhil [sic]. Will be exposed to Sail [sic] this present Wednesday the 7th instant, all sorts of fine Milliners Goods, viz fine large Muslin Neck-cloths, Turnovers, &c. both Laced and Plain; fine India Silk Handkerchiefs; all sorts of fine Silk and White Caps, Gloves and Ribbons, Sarsnet Hoods, Rich Fans, and fine Point and Lace, &c. all of the new Fashion. The Goods may be viewed, and Catalogues delivered at the place of Sale. The Sale is to begin at 3 in the Afternoon, and continue daily till all be sold. [The London Post]

8–10 January 1702
The true Fenouillette of Rhe, that famous Liquor so much in vogue at the French Court, and an excellent Ratassia of Apricocks, is to be sold by Pete Ferre, Confectioner, at the sign of the Dish of Fruit, at the lower end of the Hay-Market over agianst the Fountain Tavern. Where is likewise sold Barly Sugar. [The Post Man]

6-9 November 1702
Thomas West Fishmonger in Honey-Lane-Market near Blossom’s Inn, gives notice, That all persons who have occasion for the choisest [sic] of oysters called Colchester Oysters, may be supplied for this season with the largest pickt fat and green for 3s. a barrel; Those some-what smaller at 2s. 6d. of the same sort, fat and green, of a lesser size for 2s. the barrel: The large pickt, white, fat oysters for 2s. 6d. The smaller white, fat oysters, 1s. 8d. At all these prizes [i.e. prices] I will sell the right Colchester Oysters, which without considering their goodness beyond other sorts, are cheaper then [sic] the town wheel-barrow oysters: And that all persons in city or country, that send for them, may no ways be deceived of having the right sort, the prizes are all branded at the pits, where they are packt, so if there be any cheat, it must be by the oyster-man, which hath been too often practised to my loss and their shameful gain. My oysters comes [sic] in on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by water carriage. No trader in the city or suburbs having them come in so often, by reason of which, they will hold good the farthest journey, to please the nicest eater. [English Post]

17-29 November 1703

JACOB’s Famous Strops, for setting razors & penknifes, &c. (ready fixt on boards) instead of a hone, most certainly exceeding all others of the like nature; very useful for surgeons and barbers: Any persons that shall use them for a month, and not answering the effect, bringing ’em back at the months end, shall have their money return’d. To be sold no-where but at Jacob’s Coffee-House over against the Angel and Crown Tavern in Thredneedle-street [sic]. Price one shilling each. [English Post]

4–6 February 1707
At a Vault under a Milliners Shop on Pig-hill, by Billingsgate, will be continu’d to be sold by Joseph Greenwell, it being so well liked, very fine right Usquebaugh and Ratafia; where all Masters of Ships, Victuallers, Coffee-houses, &c. may be served at 5s. a Gallon. Constant attendance will be given in Winter from 8 a Clock till 2, and in Summer from 7 till 4. Pray have not the less esteem because it’s Cheap. [The Post Man]

25 September 1725
This Day is published,
The COMPLETE ENGLISH TRADESMAN, in familiar Letters, directing him in all the several Parts and Progressions of TRADE, viz. 1. His acquainting himself with Business during his Apprenticeship. 2. His writing to his Correspondents, and obtaining a general Knowledge of Trade, as well what he is not, as what he is employ’d in. 3. Of Diligence and Application, as the Life of all Business. 4. Cautions against Over-Trading. 5. Of the ordinary Occasions of a Tradesman’s Ruin, such as expensive Living — Too early marrying — Innocent Diversions — Giving and taking too much Credit — Leaving Business to Servants — Being above Business — Entering into dangerous Partnerships, &c. 6. Directions in the several Distresses of a Tradesman when he comes to fail. 7. Of Tradesmen compounding with their Debtors, and why they are so particularly severe. 8. Of Tradesmen ruining one another by Rumour and Scandal. 9. Of Credit, and how it is only supported by Honesty. 10. Directions for Book-Keeping, punctual paying Bills, and thereby maintaining Credit. Calculated for the Instruction of Inland Tradesmen, and especially of YOUNG BEGINNERS. Printed for Charles Rivington at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. Price 5 s. [Mist's Weekly Journal]

2 October 1725
THE powder which has met with such a general approbation from multitudes of people, answering in all respects fully the use of coffee, having had a very large demand, the quantity then imported not being sufficient to answer the great call, so that many customers could not be supplied, care is taken that none for the future be disappointed, a large parcel being just arrived exceeding fine, and right flavoured; to be had at the first house on the left hand in Bell Savage-Yard on Ludgate Hill, made up in quarter, half, or whole pounds, at 2s. 6d. per pound. Its quality is extraordinary, and needs no mixture, being drank entire, and approved by the most judicious: It adds to the best, and makes that which has lost its flavour perfectly fresh. [Mist’s Weekly Journal]

14 May 1726
Whereas on Thursday Night, the 14th of April last, the House of George Arrowsmith, Silk-Dyer, in Blackman-street, near the Stones-end, Southwark, was broke open, and the following Goods lost, viz. A red and white Threat-Sattin Gown, with a blue Silk Lining; a yellow Mantua Coat and Lining, water’d; two cherry-colour’d Mantua Silk Aprons; a yellow Threat-Satten Gown; three white Silk Linings; seven white Hoods; two white Aprons; some yellow Stuff Window-Curtains; a yellow Shurat Gown; a black Calamanco Coat; a Norwich Crape Gown; some sad colour’d Stuff Lining; with several Handkerchiefs, and Bits of Stuff for Lining of Hats. If any Person will bring or send the said Goods to Mr. Arrowsmith aforesaid, or give Information so that they may be had again, shall have Three Guineas Reward, and no Questions ask’d. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

10 December 1726
This Day is published,
The Money'd Man's Guide; or, the Purchaser's Pocket Companion, shewing at Sight what Interest is made by Money laid out in the Company's Stocks, or any other publick Funds; and also the present Value of any yearly Income, with the easiest Method to cast up the present worth of Lands, Houses, Annuities, Fines, Repairs, Reversions, &c. the whole being made plain to the meanest Capacity. By R.. HAYES, present Accountant and Writing-Master in Cannon-street. Printed for W. Meadows in Cornhill, T. Worrall in Fleetstreet, J. Stagg in Westminster-hall, and J. Jackson in Pall-mall, price 2s. 6d.
  Where may be had, by the same Author, The Negotiator's Magazine, shewing the Value of Foreign Monies, and how to cast up the Exchanges for any Place of Traffics in Europe. price 3s. 6d. [The London Journal]

8 April 1730
To be sold by the next heirs,
A very handsome town chariot, with cranes, springs, and turn’d spoke wheels, richly carv’d, gilt, and painted mosaick, lin’d with a plain crimson velvet, and handsomely trimm’d with silk fringe, never used, being not quite finish’d: And likewise a large town coach, with cranes and springs, very handsomely painted and gilt, lined with a green coffoy, and fringed inside and seat-cloth; and have not been used but a few times.
  To be seen at Sam. Morris’s, coach-maker in Piccadilly. [Daily Journal]

16 September 1731   Yesterday morning [14 Sept.] about one o’clock, several oyster-women quarrelling with a man in the Bowling-green-alley in Southwark fair, stabb’d him so desperately with their knives, that he died soon after. [Grub-street Journal]

3 September 1734

To be Sold by the Maker,
BENJAMIN BETTS, at the Virginia Coffee-House
behind the Royal-Exchange,
A M M A Z O O S N U F F.
THIS Snuff is entirely Neat, from a beautiful Tobacco that is raised from a fine Brasil Seed in Maryland. As no Personn but myself is concerned in the Making of this SNUFF, I propose to see it (made up in Leaden Pots of a Pound, Half, or Quarter of a Pound, paying for the Pots) at 4s. per Pound. Those who buy six Pounds shall have a handsome Allowance.
          NB: I continue to sell my OROONOKO, and RAPPEE for Grating, as usual.
          At the above Place is to be sold, just brought over by the Pretty Patsey from Virginia, a beautiful BIRD, something bigger than a Lark, full feathered and strait, and of a fine Sky Blue, mixed with a Purple Colour. (Daily Journal)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Commerce and Trade", 14 February 2002, expanded 1 January 2006 <>

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